Seoul Homeless Support

Support Big Issue magazine is a famous global company that helps homeless people sell the famous street magazine.

This is in an effort to share the profits with the homeless, giving them financial benefits and allowing them to smoothly integrate back into mainstream society by regaining their confidence and helping themselves not to lose dignity. This program works with ‘The Big Issue Korea’ to meet and interact with the local team, and then you will work with the salesperson to accompany the person, giving moral support, and helping the salesperson sell more magazines


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Program Description

Seoul is a busy, high-tech, capital city of Korea. It is the motherland of BTS, Samsung, LG, and Squid Game. But even in Korea, there are a lot of homeless citizens struggling to get by every day.

The Homeless Support program works with “The Big Issue Korea”, established in 2010, and helping the homeless people get back on their feet by helping themselves rather than simply giving donations or other financial aids which can quite often damage the dignity of the recipient.

As the slogan of The Big Issue states “Helping people help themselves”, The Big Issue magazine is a hand up, not a hand out. However, it takes some courage to start working as The Big Issue magazine salesperson, not to mention that it is exhausting standing in busy streets for hours shouting ‘Big Issues!’.

The participants will be accompanying the salesperson to shout out with them and helping just by being there with them. It would be great to interact with them on a more personal level by making small talks and discussing various topics, but participants will need to be aware that their level of English will most likely be basic.

Let us join hands in making a difference in the lives of these homeless people. Let us build a better place and future for them.

Aims & Objectives

  • Lend a helping hand with ‘The Big Issue Korea’.
  • Contribute to UN’s 17 sustainable development goals – #1 No Poverty, #8 Decent work and economic growth, and #11 Sustainable cities and communities.
  • Learn about Korea and interact with the local community.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.



  • Orientation,  Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice, handling of documents & Signing up of relevant documents and South Korea Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Codes and basic Culture Lessons
  • Seoul City tour

Tuesday to Friday

  •  Work with ‘The Big Issue Korea’

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                 18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:        On Signup

Passport copy required:     No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Personal AppearanceYou may wish to bring a range of options from casual to business casual, similar to what you might wear at home. There is no strict restriction on the clothes you choose to wear in your free time, but please make sure you pack work clothes for the following placement.

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.

  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting Royal Palace and Temples during your free time.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes so you can move easily and comfortably.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during outdoor activities on the streets.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during the outdoor activities.
  • We request everyone to bring a functioning smartphone or tablet or laptop for Korean language lessons and to use in their free time.